Why must this always happen?

2008 April 7
by Dante

Yesterday, I was informed that the Hollywood sludgebucket has struck again. This time, their mark is one of the more charming movies ever to take on the topic of artificial intelligence gone wrong… Short Circuit.

Filmstalker reports that they intend to remake this movie, with some of the original cast returning but they don’t say who… either way, I am not optimistic.

What’s this got to do with gaming, Dante?

Well… on the surface, not much. However, once I started exploring why I was upset about this news I started thinking about a few things relating to gaming. Several members of our group were present during one of our more successful campaigns, and many times since then I have been tempted to do an additional chapter… a new campaign with some of our old favorite characters.

Whenever I bring up this topic among those players, it usually meets with mixed results. Sometimes they are excited about the prospect of revisiting their old characters and taking them on new adventures. I think this same motivation forces movie execs to think that this type of film remake is a good idea… on the rare occasions where its not all about the money, I am sure that it is done out of a desire to take these (sometimes) classic characters out for another spin.

Vanir often plays the counterpoint that things are never as good the second time around. I have to believe that this sentiment is true in most of the cases… it can never be as good the second time around, film remakes involving good chemistry and great characters often fall flat, and things like this are never a good idea.

But the notion sure is fun. There’s a certain part of me that really hopes Hollywood comes to its senses before they go all Planet of the Apes on this thing, but I’m fairly certain they won’t. Oh well, chalk another up to economics. *sigh*

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Michael Natale permalink
    April 8, 2008

    This irritates me as well.

    Its cheaper for Hollyweird to take an old idea and just pay some scrub to polish it and update it for the present day and age, and then they congratulate themselves at being so creative.

    Think of something new, bitches.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    April 8, 2008

    Wow, are you serious? You really liked that movie? Weird.

  3. Dante permalink
    April 8, 2008

    I was six. It had a robot and Ally Sheedy, how could I not like it?

  4. Vanir permalink
    April 9, 2008

    Reasons to like Short Circuit, through the ages:

    Age 10: Robots

    Age 18: The Promise of Ally Sheedy’s Soapy Boobs

    Age 32: Robots and The Promise of Ally Sheedy’s Soapy Boobs IN THE SAME SCENE (NICE SOFTWARE!!!!!)

  5. Anonymous permalink
    April 9, 2008

    I think that movie may have been the last time Ally Sheedy used soap. Since the movie was released I think the robot has actually gotten more roles than she has. To each his own.

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